Top quicks go head-to-head in Cup final
Tuggeranong fast bowler Chris Prescott is keen to take on Wests-UC in the decider. Photo: Colleen Petch
He sells white goods by day, but paceman Chris Prescott is shaping as the white knight for Tuggeranong as it aims to win the Douglas Cup ACT cricket title for the first time in almost a decade.
ACT Comets bowler Ben Oakley will skipper and spearhead the Wests bowling attack in the three-day grand final starting at Manuka on Friday. Oakley has set the pace all season, with 62 scalps at a miserly 10.76.
Prescott is second only to Oakley with 59 wickets at 12, from two fewer matches, but the 28-year-old is the form bowler of the competition after taking 23 wickets in his past two games. That included an incredible 15 wickets in one day during an outright victory over Norths.
Prescott moved from Perth to Canberra this season to try to earn a spot with the ACT Comets in the Cricket Australia Futures League. He managed one appearance for the Comets, but has been Tuggeranong's strike weapon in its title bid.
Prescott, who works at Good Guys, has never played at Manuka Oval, traditionally a batsman-friendly pitch. But he's confident he can continue his form, having already adapted so well to Canberra's wickets this summer.
''I've never been in this form before, ever, so to hit this kind of form now is really good going into a grand final,'' Prescott said. ''The wickets between Perth and Canberra are obviously really different, here they're a bit slower and you have to work harder for your wickets.
''I had to change my line and length and bowl a bit fuller … it's just about bowling line and length, trying to be boring and get them out.''
Tuggeranong would not reveal whether ACT Comets spinner Shane Devoy, who has taken 39 wickets at 11.62, would start the grand final. The left-arm off-spinner broke a finger on his bowling hand a month ago, but Wests is expecting him to be fit.
Oakley is confident in his attack too. ''If you can bowl to good plans and execute you can take wickets as well, it's just a matter of being patient,'' Oakley said.